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Children Getting to Know African Elephants

In March, the international circus programme ‘African Elephants’ was performed at the Saku Suurhall arena, and 150 children from shelters in Tartu, Tallinn, Pärnu and Harju and Ida-Viru Counties enjoyed the show. The highlight of the German show was the act of the African elephants of Sonny Frankello, who is an elephant trainer. The children also enjoyed a funny clown duo and breathtaking performances by acrobats and jugglers. Everybody was fond of the acrobats. The clowns made little Anne laugh so loud that her brother sitting next to her told her that it was not polite! After the performance of the jugglers, everyone said: “Cool! I want to be a juggler, too! No, that’s impossible! How can they do that?”

Old and young alike were transported by the magicians’ acts. Anna-Kristiina (18) said: “The show was great – every now and then I felt a chill down my spine… in a good way!”

Reet-Kristine (19) said: “For a moment I felt like I was a child again!”

When at last the elephants stepped into the ring, the children started talking all at once: “I want to ride an elephant! See what it can do with its trunk! See how they dance! How can this man control so many elephants? I want to be like him!”

Erik (12) said: “I liked the elephants. And the women who danced.” 5-year-old Riho also liked “the girls whose skirts fell down while they were dancing” – he meant a clown act inspired by ‘Swan Lake’!
Tiiu (9) wondered how such tiny birds could understand orders and added after a pause: “Why are the clowns allowed to hit each other? We’re not allowed to!”

3-year-old Maria said to a volunteer while keenly watching the elephants: “Is it true that the elephants aren’t allowed to hit others with their trunks?” Her question was prompted by one elephant caressing nearby visitors with its trunk. One can gather from this question that for this little girl intimacy is not automatically related to goodness and security.

Children from Haiba, together with their caregiver Terje, even wrote a special poem in honour of the show!

Hurraaderii, hurraaderaa, nüüd rõkkab lastepere taas,
sest Tallinnasse sõidame ja tsirkusesse läheme.
Seal kloune vahvaid nägime ja naerust kõhtu kinni hoidsime.
Tantsu, trikke vaatasime.
Trikid olid põnevad ja tantsijad nii ilusad.
Kõige lõpus tulid nad ja tähtsalt marssisid seal nad,
elevandid sellikesed, londikandjad vellikesed.
Oleks tahtnud minna me, neid kõrva tagant sügada
ja selga ronida veel ka.
Kui tsirkus lõppes, bussist me üllatuse leidsime.
Ootasid meid maiustused, oh kui head
ja kõht sai täis meil õige pe

On their way home, the children were clearly very happy. The older ones, who had been somewhat reserved, opened up, sharing their impressions and helping the littler ones. For the children, this show was an invaluable experience: they enjoyed a performance by one of the world’s best animal trainers and his huge friends and sensed their deep friendship and care for one another.

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